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Mahavira was the twenty-fourth Tirthankara of Jainism and also popular as Vardhamana. Jain people consider Mahavira as a god. Mahavira was born into a royal family in Bihar, India. Mahavira parents Siddhartha and Trishala were Devotees of Parshvanatha. Royalty and luxurious life didn’t suit him. So one day he made the final decision to leave his luxurious life in pursuit of spiritual awakening.

At the age of 30, he left his home by abandoning worldly things including his clothes and became ascetic. Mahavira practiced intense meditation, rigorous penance for the twelve and half years. after which he attained Kevala Jnana (omniscience). He traveled to South Asia to teach Jainism about 30 years.

According to Jains, Mahavira attained Moksha (liberation from death and birth cycle) at the age of 72. Mahavira Saying and thoughts are still teaching us about how to live a peaceful and spiritual life.

Here are 55 Best Quotes by Mahavira that will inspire you

1. “All human beings are miserable because of their own ignorance and they themselves can be happy by acquiring proper knowledge.”

2. “Every soul is in itself absolutely omniscient and blissful. The bliss does not come from outside.”

3. “All Souls are alike and potentially divine. None is Superior or Inferior.”

4. “The greatest mistake of a soul is non-recognition of its real self and can only be corrected by recognizing itself.”

5. “One should not speak unless asked to do so. He should not disturb others in conversation.”

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6. “Every Soul is independent. None depends on another.”

7. “Anger begets more anger, and forgiveness and love lead to more forgiveness and love.”

8. “God is neither the creator nor the destroyer of the universe. He is merely a silent observer and omniscient.”

9. “Have compassion towards all living beings. Hatred leads destruction.”

10. “It is better to win over the self than to win over a million enemies.”

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11. “There is nothing as fearful as death, and there is no suffering as great as birth. Be free from the fear of both birth and death, by doing away with attachment to the body.”

12. “Truth alone is the essence in the world.”

13. “The soul is the Brahman. Brahmacharya is therefore nothing but spiritual conduct of the ascetic concerning the soul, who has snapped out of relationship with alien body.”

14. “The non vigilant has fear from all directions.The vigilant has none from any.”

15. “Kill not cause no pain. Nonviolence is the greatest religion.”

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16. “Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture or kill any creature or living being.”

17. “The most important principle of environment is that you are not the only element.”

18. “All souls are equal and alike and have the similar nature and qualities.”

19. “Soul is the central point of spiritual discipline.”

20. “Eating constitutes the greatest obstacle to self-control; it gives rise to indolence.”

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21. “A man is seated on top of a tree in the midst of a burning forest. He sees all living beings perish. But he doesn’t realize that the same fate is soon to overtake him also. That man is fool.”

22. “Modes are infinite, and laws are infinite.”

23. “All are my friends. I have no enemies.”

24. “A wise person does not kill, nor cause others to kill, nor consent to the killings by others.”

25. “Respect for all living beings is non-violence.”

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26. “Other beings perceive through their senses whereas the sramana perceives through the Agama.”

27. “Enlightened by the light of Truth, the wise transcends death.”

28. “A truthful man is treated as reliable as the mother, as venerable as the guru (preceptor) and as beloved as the one who commands knowledge.”

29. “One can bear all kinds of unbearable pain caused by spikes in expectation of wealth etc. But he alone who tolerates without any motive of worldly gain, harsh words spoken to him is venerable.”

30. “Silence and self-control is Non-violence.”

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31. “The nights that have departed will never return.They have been wasted by those given to unrighteousness.”

32. “In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self.”

33. “A sramana devoid of the knowledge of Agama does neither know himself, nor others.”

34. “One who knows the spiritual (self) knows the external (world) too. He who knows the external world, knows the self also.”

35. “Don’t be proud if you gain. Nor be sorry if you lose.”

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36. “Only that science is a great and the best of all sciences, the study of which frees man from all kinds of miseries.”

37. “The unenlightened takes millions of lives to extirpate the effects of karma whereas a man possessing spiritual knowledge and discipline obliterates them in a single moment.”

38. “Don’t kill any living beings. Don’t try to rule them.”

39. “Keep yourself always awake. One who keeps awake increases his wisdom. He who falls asleep is wretched. Blessed is he who keeps awake.”

40. “Only the one who has transcended fear can experience equanimity.”

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41. “The ascetic who never thinks of telling a lie out of attachment, aversion or delusion is indeed the practiser of the second vrata of truthfulness.”

42. “One may have a tuft or matted hair on the head or a shaven head, remain naked or wear a rag. But if he tells a lie, all this is futile and fruitless.”

43. “The more you get, the more you want. The greed increases with the gain. What could be accomplished by two masas (grams) of gold could not be done by ten millions.”

44. “The sun scorches only during the day, but cupid scorches in the day as well as in the night. One can protect oneself from the sun, but cannot from cupid.”

45. “One who, being swayed by wishful thinking becomes a victim of passions at every step, and does not ward off the desires, cannot practise asceticism.”

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46. “One who is constantly careful in his deportment is like the lily in the pond, untarnished by mud.”

47. “Even the noble becomes mean in the company of the wicked, as precious necklace on the neck of a dead body.”

48. “The ignoramus is always benighted. The enlightened is always wide awake.”

49. “Birth is attended by death, youth by decay and fortune by misfortune. Thus everything in this world is momentary.”

50. “The enlightened should contemplate that his soul is endowed with boundless energy.”

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51. “There is no separate existence of God. Everybody can attain god-hood by making supreme efforts in the right direction.”

52. “The soul comes alone and goes alone, no one companies it and no one becomes its mate.”

53. “My soul characterised by knowledge and faith is alone eternal. All other phases of my existence to which I am attached are external occurrences that are transitory.”

54. “Just as you do not like misery, in the same way others also do not like it. Knowing this, you should do unto them what you want them to do unto you.”

55. “One who entertains fear finds himself lonely (and helpless).”

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